'Post Truth' and the Photographic Internet.

'Post Truth' and the Photographic Internet.
'Now with the sales curve of stand alone cameras looking like its falling off a cliff, there are now less of these about. Sites and blogs are closing down and some are changing their focus as enthusiast photography returns to something like the participation numbers it had when it was all about film.'
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West Wales - Day 5 - Smartphone only day

West Wales - Day 5 - Smartphone only day
'As ever I appreciate the point and shoot simplicity and the focus using these cameras with restricted options gives me. There's nothing innovative here, nothing 'artistic' and no decisive  moments. Just a set of useful stock photographs. 
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Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 - Samyang 14mm f/2.8 - GoPro - Real options for wide angle photography compared

Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 - Samyang 14mm f/2.8 - GoPro - Real options for wide angle photography compared
'Above are three ultra wide angle alternatives. Each very different, but each offering something for creating images. They are:-
  • Nikon D750 + Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Full-Frame Lens 3:2 ratio
  • Panasonic GX8 + Olympus m.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Zoom 4:3 ratio
  • GoPro Hero4 Black 15mm (approx. 35mm equivalent) fisheye fixed aperture lens 4:3 ratio'
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Panasonic GX8 and manual focus Nikon fit lenses - Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses - Nikon Df

Panasonic GX8 and manual focus Nikon fit lenses - Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses - Nikon Df
'The Panasonic GX8 is particularly good for using with manual focus lenses. Add in the Metabones 0.64x Speed Booster and there is the possibility to use some high quality lenses with the equivalent of some fast apertures, thanks to the extra stop of light the adapter gives. This also brings to m4/3 the possibility of a 'full-frame' look.'
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Has the apprentice outdone the master? Panasonic GX8 compared to Leica Q (Typ 116) - Leica E.V.I.L rumour

Has the apprentice outdone the master? Panasonic GX8 compared to Leica Q (Typ 116) - Leica E.V.I.L rumour
'And the examples above show that the Leica Q is better for overall image quality, but it's not by that much and my Panasonic GX8 is so versatile and offers me so much that if I had to choose between that and the Q I'd choose the GX8 without hesitation'
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DSLR or MIRRORLESS - Panasonic GX8 compared to Nikon D750 - GX8 Raw and jpg, file samples for download

DSLR or MIRRORLESS - Panasonic GX8 compared to Nikon D750 - GX8 Raw and jpg, file samples for download
'....it's a long running and popular debate. DSLR 'versus' Mirrorless. I've already made my position on this clear, I see virtues and faults in both and use both. However as time passes there are always new people coming to photography and it does no harm to look again at what the differences are.'
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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 - First Impressions

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 - First Impressions
'When the GX8 was first announced, I was very interested to get my hands on one since the specs. ticked more boxes for me than any camera I currently own or is on the market.........But would I like the feel of it? Would it work well? Would I 'bond' with it? And could it possibly be 'The One', the holy grail of cameras that I've been looking for for years?'
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PANASONIC G7 COMPARED TO OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 II

PANASONIC G7 COMPARED TO OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 II
'If the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Panasonic GH4 are each company's top of the range 'flagship' cameras, then one step down are the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and Panasonic G7. Though each can be seen as having advantages over their more expensive predecessors. I have both and thought it would be a good opportunity to see how I rate each in terms of how I work. It will be different for all of us of course, but I'll try and outline what each camera offers over the other and what advantages each brings to the market place. So let's have a look at some of the differences (and similarities.)'
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Panasonic G7 plus MF lenses - GX8 and m4/3 possibilities

Panasonic G7 plus MF lenses - GX8 and m4/3 possibilities
'Now it's a personal choice I know, but for me m4/3 is a much more attractive proposition these days than either Fuji X or Sony FE. I do like the smaller footprint from m4/3 and I also like the way both Olympus and Panasonic are progressing and the direction they are going in.'
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Leica Q (Typ 116) compared to Sigma DP2 Quattro - Am I really bidding on a Leica M8?

Leica Q (Typ 116) compared to Sigma DP2 Quattro - Am I really bidding on a Leica M8?
'Add in the fact that the Leica is MUCH better at high(er) ISO's and a faster camera as well and it's clear to me which is the most useful camera. However, the fact that the Leica costs 4x as much hasn't escaped me.'
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LEICA Q compared to NIKON D750 - ISO IMAGE QUALITY

LEICA Q compared to NIKON D750 - ISO IMAGE QUALITY
'I made some pretty strong claims about the image quality of the Leica Q. So here are some comparison tests with the Nikon D750, which up to now has the best 24MP 'full-frame' image quality and ISO performance I've ever seen. '
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Super High Resolution Mirrorless - Olympus OM-D E-M5 II - Sigma DP2 Quattro

Super High Resolution Mirrorless - Olympus OM-D E-M5 II - Sigma DP2 Quattro
'Both the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and the Sigma DP2 Quattro have pretensions to offer super high resolution images. The Olympus, via it's High-Res mode offers a 40MP jpg. and a 64MP raw file. This however requires no subject movement, an exposure that requires sensor shift and therefore a tripod. The Sigma offers a S-HI jpg. option which is 39MP and an incredible 'Double Size' option from raw which is an unbelievable 78MP. So do these options produce what these numbers indicate, very high resolution images. And if so, are they actually any good?'
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Leica 18-56mm and Nikon 18-35mm compared on a Leica T (Typ 701)

Leica 18-56mm and Nikon 18-35mm compared on a Leica T (Typ 701)
'I thought I'd try, as part of my tests of the new lens, comparing my Nikon 18-35mm FX lens with what I consider to be the sharpest 'standard' zoom I've ever used, my Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-4.5 for the Leica T system.'
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Olympus 12-40mm, Fuji 16-55mm, Nikon 24-85mm - Standard Zooms - the ideal lens?

Olympus 12-40mm, Fuji 16-55mm, Nikon 24-85mm - Standard Zooms - the ideal lens?
''Standard zooms' are the most common lenses around, due to many version being bundled with cameras and becoming 'kit' lenses. In my early film days it used to be a 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.7 that came with that new camera, but for some time those have been replaced by zooms. And in many cases, people never buy another lens. They don't get much attention, unless they have a fast aperture, but I suspect that the majority of images taken on interchangeable lens cameras are with a lens of this type. So this type of lens with this type of coverage must have something going for it. '
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Head to Head - Fuji X-T1 and SONY A7 II

Head to Head - Fuji X-T1 and SONY A7 II
'When Fuji brought out the X-Trans sensor, they were eager to claim image quality on a par with 'full-frame.' They have also on many occasions reiterated their commitment to 16MP. So time to put their money where their mouth is and let their current top of the range X-T1 go head to head with Sony's new A7 Mk II. '
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How does the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1 compare to the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II? - Is this a 'photographers smartphone?'

How does the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1 compare to the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II? - Is this a 'photographers smartphone?'
'There are many ways that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone / camera phone can be seen as a fixed lens compact camera with extras! Certainly with the 1'' sensor the expectation is that image quality will be closer to m4/3 cameras than other smartphones. And that is indeed the case. (See comparison with Nokia Lumia 1020 HERE) But just how close is that?'
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